This Week in Wrestling 2019 Week 14

Brian Damage

It’s Saturday so time for the latest installment of ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 14th of 2019. Today, Brian talks about Jim Ross agreeing to a deal with All Elite Wrestling and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.

Jim Ross Signs with All Elite Wrestling

It was revealed this past week that WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has signed a very lucrative three-year contract to call matches for AEW. This was a move that was foreseen months ago before JR was even a free agent.

On the surface, it looks like a great move and a perfect choice to be the voice of a new, upstart organization with a seemingly unlimited amount of potential. Jim Ross has to be (at least in my eyes) one of the all-time greatest wrestling play by play announcers of all time.

His voice will immediately add legitimacy to AEW’s broadcasts with what I assume starts with their ‘Double or Nothing’ event in Las Vegas. Now, as much as I love good ol’ JR and admire his impressive body of work which does not just include his time in the WWF/WWE, he was also a master behind the mic for Mid South/UWF and WCW, is this the same JR we will get in AEW?

The last few years, Ross simply hasn’t been the great voice of pro wrestling that he once was. His work with WWE and also New Japan Pro Wrestling wasn’t his greatest work. At times, it simply felt that Ross was “phoning it in” on a few occasions. I believe a lot of that had to do with him losing his wife Jan in a tragic accident a couple of years ago. The passion just didn’t seem to be there when he called matches.

Believe me, that is completely understandable considering the hell he surely endured, so I will not hold that against him. Still, on Jim Ross’ worst day, is still leaps and bounds better than most on WWE’s main roster of broadcasters. I just question if Ross still has that burning passion for pro wrestling that he once had. I hope and pray Jim Ross and the AEW as a whole thrives and succeeds.

Jim Ross has so much knowledge that he’s probably forgotten than most announcers could ever learn. I hope JR finds that fire again. Maybe getting away from WWE and doing something new and different will rejuvenate him. I have always felt that when watching a wrestling event on television, the most important players are the announcers to sell the stories and the fans at the arena’s reactions to buy into them.

JR is a truly beloved figure and I wish him nothing but continued success and prosperity both professionally and in life. So here’s to Jim Ross on his brand new endeavor with All Elite Wrestling. As he has stated many times in the past: “Business is about to pick up.”

**Now reports are that Jim Ross did not sign a contract to be an announcer. Interesting, an executive role would certainly suit him much better at this point if these latest reports are true.**

Picture Gallery

Say whatever you want about how long this show is going to be. One thing I have to admit is that if nothing else…WWE knows how to do set designs for their biggest show.

Somebody got a ridiculous Becky Lynch hair cut. On the bright side, at least it’s not a tattoo.

Speaking of The Man, a cool looking Bullet Club inspired t-shirt.

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees is one big dude. He’s actually taller than Braun Strowman.

Sgt. Slaughter as a patriotic pirate?

Someone compared Billie Kay of the IIconics to Flo from the Progressive car commercials and I can’t disagree too much.

Usually, I am not a big fan of WWE shirts…but this one has my approval.

A very young Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole….Babies!

Zelina Vega, Tammy Sytch and former WWE developmental wrestler and former TNA competitor Aloisia.

An old pic of Dusty Rhodes and DDP having a beer

Shinsuke Nakamura catching up with Kazuchicka Okada in New York City during Wrestlemania weekend.

A very recent picture of Howard Finkel during Wrestlemania weekend festivities along with Bruce Prichard

WWE backstage interviewer Charly Caruso proudly shows off her body after intense training to lose weight.

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2 thoughts on “This Week in Wrestling 2019 Week 14

  1. I assume Jim Ross got signed for his experience (hopefully he can give good advices) and simply for name value. It may seem like a waste to probably sign him for pretty good money for that, but it probably is a legitimacy bonus for media attention and TV negotiations.

    I’m so uncertain about AEW. I don’t trust Cody, Brandi and the YB in high positions. And I’m not that interested about their biggest names in the same old matches (yeah Omega vs Jericho was great, but I don’t need it again).

    On the other hand it is of course great for the working conditions of wrestlers that there is now competition (in the last it forced wwe to upgrade the contracts). And I really want a big weekly fresh wrestling show again, Raw and SD are tiresome. Roh TV tapings are so out of the loop of story telling (usually already outdated when airing and just random matches). And there are some other signed talents like MJF I want to see in these shows. I also hope they sign Tenille Dashwood for their women’s division.

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